• 4/3 224.9mm2
  • 20.3 megapixels
  • ISO 200 - 25,600
  • 35mm 858.0mm2
  • 24.5 megapixels
  • ISO 100 - 51,200

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Differences

Panasonic GX8 advantages over Nikon Z6

  • Less expensive
    $998* vs $2297
    Save money for lenses or accessories
  • Tilt-swivel screen
    Tilt-swivel vs tilt-only
    Tilt and swivel the screen for maximum shooting flexibility
  • In-camera panoramas
    Yes vs No
    Stitches multiple shots into a panoramic photo
  • NFC
    Yes vs No
    Simplifies pairing your camera with supported phones
  • Longer exposure
    60 vs 30 sec
    Long exposures for night shots
  • Bigger JPEG buffer
    Unlimited vs 47 shots
    Take more JPEG shots before waiting (burst mode)
  • Faster shutter
    1/16000 vs 1/8000 sec
    Shoot wide open in bright light

Nikon Z6 advantages over Panasonic GX8

  • Larger sensor
    35mm vs 4/3
    More sensor area. Bigger is (generally) better.
  • Bigger pixels
    ~ 5.94 vs 3.34 microns
    Better low-light and dynamic range (all else equal)
  • Built-in Bluetooth
    Yes vs No
    Always-on wireless connectivity
  • Higher effective ISO
    3,299 vs 806 iso
    Take photos in low light with less noise
  • More dynamic range
    14.3 vs 12.6 evs
    Retain detail in highlight and shadows
  • On-sensor phase detect
    Yes vs No
    Usually improves live view and video AF performance
  • Top deck display
    Yes vs No
    Check settings with a screen on top of the camera
  • Newer
    11 months vs 4 years old
    Newer cameras often support more advanced features
  • More dots on screen
    2100k vs 1037k dots
    Can mean greater resolution or a brighter screen
  • More pixels
    24.5 vs 20.3 megapixels
    Higher resolution photos
  • Headphone jack
    Yes vs No
    Monitor audio recording while you shoot video
  • Faster JPEG shooting
    12.0 fps vs 8.3 fps
    Faster JPEG shooting (burst mode)
  • Faster RAW shooting
    12.0 fps vs 7.9 fps
    Faster RAW shooting in burst mode
  • Slow-motion videos
    Yes vs No
    Shoot slow-motion videos
  • Higher extended ISO
    204800 vs 25600 ISO
    Higher extended ISO can give more low-light flexibility

Similarities

Common Strengths

  • Focus peaking
    Both provide
    Your camera will highlight what's in focus
  • Eye-level viewfinder
    Both provide
    You'll be able to frame photos even when the sun is out
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
    Both provide
    Reduces the effects of camera shake at slower shutter speeds
  • Shoot 4K video
    Both provide
    Make sure you have a fast computer
  • Touchscreen
    Both provide
    Interact with your camera just like your smartphone
  • Built-in Wi-Fi
    Both provide
    Share your photos wirelessly
  • External Mic Jack
    Both provide
    Improved sound fidelity when shooting video
  • HDMI out
    Both provide
    Use HDMI output to monitor or review video
  • Hot shoe
    Both provide
    Off-camera flashes open new possibilities
  • Bulb shutter
    Both provide
    Hold the shutter open manually for long exposures

Common Weaknesses

  • Built-in GPS
    Neither provide
    Geotag your photos
  • Internal flash
    Neither provide
    Useful in a pinch for fill flash
  • Dual card slots
    Neither provide
    Gives you more storage flexibility

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Review Excerpt

  • Highest resolution Micro Four Thirds camera yet; Great high ISO performance; Very fast autofocus; Fast burst mode with deep buffers; Impressive Dual I.S. system; Great 4K video.

  • No built-in flash; Slow buffer clearing; Below average battery life; Limited I.S. for 4K video.

  • Great image quality; Terrific high ISO performance; Fast AF speeds; Eye AF; Swift 12fps burst shooting; In-body image stabilization; High-quality 4K video; Robust build quality; Familiar Nikon design.

  • Single XQD card slot; Default high ISO NR a bit strong; No 4K 60p; 1/200s x-sync speed; Limited native lens selection (at this time).

The Competition

Compared to Olympus E-M1

Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Fast startup
  • On-sensor phase detect
Nikon Z6
Olympus E-M1
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $999
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Fast startup

Compared to Olympus E-M5 II

Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Shoot 4K video
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
Nikon Z6
Olympus E-M5 II
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $899
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Olympus E-M1 II

Panasonic GX8
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-camera panoramas
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • High resolution composite
  • Fast startup
Nikon Z6
Olympus E-M1 II
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
  • $1499
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • Tilt-swivel screen

Compared to Sony A7 III

Panasonic GX8
Sony A7 III
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Lens selection
  • Less expensive
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Z6
Sony A7 III
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Top deck display
  • Newer
  • $1998
  • 35mm
  • NFC
  • Higher effective ISO

Compared to Canon EOS R

Panasonic GX8
Canon EOS R
  • $1098
  • 4/3
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Larger sensor
  • Bigger pixels
Nikon Z6
Canon EOS R
  • $1697
  • 35mm
  • Less expensive
  • In-Camera Image Stabilization
  • $1799
  • 35mm
  • Tilt-swivel screen
  • More telephoto lens reach
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